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Families Bid Farewell as Thai Massacre Victims Are Cremated

Buddhist monks oversee the making of cremation furnaces at Wat Rat Samakee temple in Uthai Sawan, Thailand, on Oct. 10.

Buddhist monks oversee the making of cremation furnaces at Wat Rat Samakee temple in Uthai Sawan, Thailand, on Oct. 10.

Photographer: Sakchai Lalit/AP Photo

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Uthai Sawan, Thailand (AP) -- Hundreds of mourners and victims’ families gathered Tuesday evening to watch flames burn from rows of makeshift pyres at cremation ceremonies for the young children and others who died in last week’s mass killings at a day care center in Thailand’s rural northeast.

Families bid their final goodbyes at a Buddhist temple a short distance from the Young Children’s Development Center in the town of Uthai Sawan, where a former policeman, who was fired from his job earlier this year for using drugs, barged in last Thursday and shot and stabbed children and their caregivers.